Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial Research Adaptation Following COVID-19 Pandemic Onset: National Sample of Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortium Sites

Elizabeth K. Rhodus, P. Aisen, J. D. Grill, D. M. Rentz, R. C. Petersen, R. A. Sperling, S. P. Salloway, D. Pierce, R. Raman

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Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges in clinical research operations that required immediate and lasting changes. Ojbectives: The purpose of this study was to explore adaptations to clinical trial research due to COVID-19 and develop a theoretical framework of emergent strategies related to pandemic mitigation in a national network of Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial sites. Design: This qualitative study used a grounded theory approach including semi-structured interviews, constant comparative methods, and multi-level, iterative coding. Participants: Twenty-six member sites of the Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortium participated with a total of 49 participants. Results: Findings demonstrate processes of adaptation following COVID-19 onset including establishing safety as priority, focus on scientific preservation, accommodations (creating policies, leadership mindset, maintaining operations, and determining research procedures), and evaluation of changes throughout the course of the pandemic. Communication and maintaining integrity were vital throughout these processes. Conclusion: Processes of accommodation among clinical research sites during the pandemic provide critical insights and direction for future clinical trials development and emergent methods in Alzheimer’s disease and other therapeutic areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-671
Number of pages7
JournalThe journal of prevention of Alzheimer's disease
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Clinical trials
  • COVID-19
  • research management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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